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All eyes and a lot of pressure are on LeBron James as Cavaliers begin their NBA title quest

LeBron James' critics will only set him free if he can deliver an NBA championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers.<p>Oddsmakers say that James and the Cavaliers will roll through the Eastern Conference with little opposition.<p>If that happens James will reach the NBA Finals for a sixth consecutive season …

Basketball

Using Samsung Pay makes me feel like a rock star -- and you should be one, too

"Sorry, ma'am, you can't use NFC payments over 30 quid."<p>That from the pimply young waiter at a London restaurant too hip for its own good. I just smiled, placed the Samsung Galaxy S7 I was testing over the handheld payment card portal, and said "Let's see what happens."<p>What happened was that a …

Samsung Pay

What to expect from virtual reality in 2016

Virtual reality is finally here and it’s better than we imagined. Large technology companies like Oculus, Facebook, Samsung, HTC, Valve, Sony, and (of course) Google are all leading the way, and following is an entire ecosystem of developers, designers, and dreamers looking to make a future so …

SPUD Promises to Put a 24-inch Display in Your Back Pocket

- Mar 18, 2016<p>While there are options available for portable displays that allow you to offer a second screen for your laptop, how about being able …

Gear & Gadgets

SXSW canceled panels: Here is what happened.

For most of the past two years, I’ve been employed as a user-experience designer, interaction designer, and, now, user researcher. I lay out software …

SXSW Apologizes for Canceling Gaming Panels and Announces Daylong Harassment Summit

South by Southwest apologized on Friday for canceling two panels discussing the gaming community in response to threats of violence, and announced …

A Live Demo of the Phantom 4 Drone Showing the Active Tracking and Obstacle Avoidance Features

Earlier today I attended the special DJI event at Terminal 5 in New York City where they announced their new Phantom 4 drone. As press we were …

SXSW online harassment, gamergate panels set to go; added security in place - Austin Business Journal

By Greg Barr <br>– Managing Editor, Austin Business Journal<p>Mar 11, 2016, 7:36am CST<p>It was a week that SXSW Interactive Director Hugh Forrest might want …

SXSW brings Obama, techies and Blue Sky to Austin

South by Southwest Interactive is off to a rumbling start, literally.<p>A rising chatter competes with the steady beat of sneaker-clad feet over carpet as thousands of techies and businesspeople trudge through a winding line to get badges and access to the 23rd annual Interactive conference.<p>Early …

Barack Obama

Live From President Obama’s SXSW Keynote

Today at South by Southwest Interactive, the star wattage of the annual conference’s keynote slate goes up, way up, when President Barack Obama takes the stage.<p>Speaking with <i>Texas Tribune</i> editor-in-chief Evan Smith, Obama will talk about civic engagement in the 21st century.<p>“The President will call …

What Is SXSW Interactive and Why Is Fashion Suddenly All Over It?

The former is Music, which is cool (bar shows, bands, Fader Fort!), and the latter is Interactive, which is...incredibly square (Austin Convention Center, panels, Facebook's Public Policy happy hour!). Somewhere in the middle is Film, completing the three prongs that make up the festival, which …

SXSW Day 1: Obama Disrupts Festival, Meets Digital Players, Hits Interactive

Amid concerns that President Barack Obama’s arrival on day one of SXSW might hijack the popular interactive/film/music conference, many film …

Dollar gains traction, BOJ next up to the plate | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar stood at its highest in two weeks against a basket of currencies early on Friday, having made a decisive move a day after the Federal Reserve delivered a long-awaited hike in interest rates.<p>An employee of a money changer holds a stack of U.S. Dollar notes before …

Now Is the Time to Colonize Mars, Elon Musk Says

Humanity shouldn't dally in its quest to colonize Mars, SpaceX's billionaire founder and CEO Elon Musk says.<p>"Now is the first time in the history of Earth that the window is open, where it's possible for us to extend life to another planet," Musk told a crowd on Tuesday at the annual winter meeting …

Report: Galaxy S7 to launch alongside Samsung phone upgrade/rental program

According to a report from <i>ETNews</i> in Korea, Samsung is planning to launch a new purchase scheme similar to Apple’s iPhone upgrade program when it releases the Galaxy S7/S7 Edge this Spring. A rumor from months ago suggested Samsung was planning the move, but wasn’t clear when the company was …

Sony’s Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector will turn any surface into a TV

And the Glass Sound Speaker is a really pretty light<p>The latest products in Sony's aspirational Life Space UX range of home electronics have prices and release dates, at least for the company's home country of Japan. The Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector, a tiny projector that can beam an image …

Miss Colombia, Steve Harvey interview airs

A month after Steve Harvey mistakenly crowned Miss Colombia the winner of Miss Universe, the two are opening up about the painful …

Steve Harvey

Is Hyperloop the future of high-speed travel?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1221000/1221392_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524655668_42de138b86f70276ba572fb0eb05961e<p><b>"Yeehaw!" cries the rocket-engineer as he drives the all-terrain buggy hard over the rocks and scrub of the Nevada Desert.</b><p>With his big hat and …

Hyperloop Transportation is about to break ground on its first test track

The race to be the first to test the supersonic transportation system is heating up<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of the two Los Angeles-based startups working to make the supersonic transportation system a reality, announced today that it had filed permits in Kings County, California …

This 19th-century sea fort has been converted into a luxury hotel – complete with a nightclub, a mall, and even a laser tag arena

It's not a castle - but it's definitely unique.<p>It's a Victorian-era sea fort that's been completely renovated by AmaZing Venues into a luxury hotel that sleeps 44. There's also an events space.<p>Being a fort smack dab in the middle of the sea means it has a spectacular 360 degree view of the …

Victorian Era

Conor McGregor Talks Jose Aldo, Tyson Fury, More in UFC 194 Press Conference

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo came face-to-face on Wednesday evening just days ahead of their much-anticipated grudge match at UFC 194 on Saturday, with the former vowing to stop his illustrious opponent in the first round.<p>The pair were both speaking at a press conference to promote what is set to …

Conor McGregor

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Yasiin Bey Surprise-Releases Manic New Song, 'Basquiat Ghostwriter'

Yasiin Bey, the rapper and actor formerly known as Mos Def, has surprise-released an experimental new track, "Basquiat Ghostwriter," inspired by …

Apple's senior executives are 70% white men, diversity filing reveals

More than 70% of Apple’s most senior executives are white men, the company’s first official diversity filings show.<p>The technology company, which has repeatedly refused to release its US government-mandated diversity report, on Thursday finally released its Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO-1) …

Tim Cook

David Gilmour: Pink Floyd is actually finished

Just as many fans had suspected, Pink Floyd is officially over. David Gilmour confirmed that the band would not reunite in the coming years, and that …

Guitar

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy